Ubuntu OS smartphones tapped for late 2013

Ubuntu OS, long a favourite open-source platform for computing, is getting ready to move to the smaller smartphone screen.

The open-source Ubuntu OS will come to a smartphone near you next year.
(Credit: Ubuntu)

Ubuntu-run smartphones will be using the same drivers as Android smartphones, a boon for developers, but it will also run well on entry-level smartphones, the organisation has said. Ubuntu for phones eschews Java in favour of native code.

In fact, Ubuntu's website pushes HTML5 and native code apps, a benefit for developers who can create a single app for both the desktop and the PC.

The OS favours swiping gestures to reveal navigation strips and overview pages, similar to RIM's BlackBerry OS 10 and the short-lived Web OS for Palm. Navigation is on the back burner, revealing and hiding with a tap.

Ubuntu for smartphones will rely on gesture navigation.
(Credit: Ubuntu)

Canonical, a company dedicated to commercialising the open-source Ubuntu operating system, is backing the project. The Ubuntu website states that its smartphones will be "ready for retail" in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Via CNET.com



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gregory.opera posted a comment   
Australia

Ubuntu for Phones looks pretty impressive, and I'm considering taking it for a spin if products are sold in Australia for Telstra's NextG network...If Sony release a NextG-compatible handset running Ubuntu for Phones, I'll be giving serious thought to leaving Android entirely, particularly with Ubuntu for Phone's "dock the smartphone and it becomes a computer" feature.




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